Employment

Employment law is a minefield - but it doesn't have to be.

Employment law is closely related to our work in business litigation and transactions. Both areas of law involve anticipating and resolving significant challenges, some of which stand in the way of success.

At Romney Law Offices APC, we represent both employers and employees in a variety of matters, including:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Breach of duties on the part of both employers and employees

Our representative case studies highlighted below show the variety of issues that we've resolved for our clients.

For example, Romney Law Offices obtained over $500,000 in damages for wrongful termination of a long-time employee hired by a construction company as its general manager with a bonus incentive to encourage the employee to increase the profitability of the company. After six years of doing just that, the company terminated the employee due to side effects from medication needed to treat his known disability (epileptic seizures). The medication could readily have been adjusted, but instead, the employer skewed employment procedure to orchestrate his termination.

Representative Case Studies:

  • POWERLINE CONTROL SYSTEMS v. STAN MANN

    POWERLINE CONTROL SYSTEMS v. STAN MANN

    AN OFFICER AND DIRECTOR BREACHING HIS FIDUCIARY DUTIES LOSES HIS POSITIONS AND HIS STOCK
    Powerline Control Systems, represented by David Romney, uncovered during pretrial discovery the conversion of monies and misuse of corporate assets by a director and officer. As a result, the officer lost his positions and surrendered his stock for minimal consideration in settlement.

  • CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT (EMPLOYMENT)

    CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT (Employment)

    SUPERVISOR WITH DISABILITY ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR DISCHARGE BY EMPLOYER IN VIOLATION OF FEHA
    As trial approached, a major employer paid a settlement in excess of $500,000 for a supervisor discharged in violation of the California Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA).

  • BOWERS v. CITY OF SAN BUENAVENTURA, 75 Cal.App.3d

    BOWERS v. CITY OF SAN BUENAVENTURA, 75 Cal.App.3d

    A CITY HAS AUTHORITY TO CONTROL PAY AND WORK SCHEDULES OF CITY EMPLOYEES IN NATIONAL GUARD

    A city police officer demanded pay for all time spent at National Guard Duty during two-week summer camp and on weekends. The city, represented by David Romney, defended. After trial and appeal, the appellate court found the city had to pay for the mandatory two week summer camp but properly could eliminate need to pay for weekend duty by re-arranging a police officer's schedule to accommodate it.

  • REILLY v. WEBER

    REILLY v. WEBER
    (Orange County Superior Court, Judge Sills)

    A PARTNER’S “EXPENSES,” IN FACT, ARE FRAUD

    After a 10-day jury trial, the jury rendered a verdict in the amount of $235,000 against a partner in a publishing business who ran his personal “expenses” through the partnership despite his allegations that the facts were the other way around. The prevailing partner, defendant/cross-complainant, Sam Weber, was represented by David Romney

  • KIMURA v. ROBERTS

    KIMURA v. ROBERTS
    (Yolo County Superior Court, Judge Ackley)

    AN APPEARANCE OF BIAS ENTITLES A CITY COUNCIL TO REMOVE A PLANNING COMMISSIONER MARRIED TO THE MAYOR

    The trial judge ruled that a planning commissioner could not be removed for 'appearance of bias' since it would violate the planning commissioner's right to marry the mayor. The appellate court overruled the trial court. In doing so, it found that removal for "appearance of bias" was not barred by the "right to marry" since the planning commissioner was married and could remain married. Rather, the issue was "appearance of bias" which was rightly resolved by removal of the planning commissioner from the planning commission.

The cases described above involve breach of fiduciary duty, misuse of corporate assets, FEHA violations, obligations to pay, and appearance of bias. In his practice, attorney David Romney represents both employers and employees, and has more than three decades of experience litigating and resolving these and other issues that arise in employment law.

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